The order of Malta, Order of St Lazarus etc. are chilvaric orders and not church orders. They bestow a knighthood to their members but no churchly authority. An example is Edward Blom who is a commander of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem wich is a catholic order but he writes cookbooks and is married and have children.
Its best to avoid draging them into disscusions of freemasonry to be honest. We might have been inspired by them but they are to diffrent for it to make sense.
Except for the order of Charles XIII wich is a chilvaric order only given to masons but we swedes are wierd....
The Catholic Order of Malta and Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem are staunchly Catholic, especially the former, knew a member IRL. Thanks for the correction, i'll keep that in mind.
Care to explain why, or is it one of those things that may cause arguments among brothers?